Destinations Jeollanam-do

Jeollanam-do is rich in Korean folk customs. Traditional Korean cultural practices such as pansori (Korean opera) is well preserved here. It is proud to offer visitors with various tourist attractions such as national parks and coastlines, as well as numerous islets in the sea. Jeollanam-do is also recognized for a variety of special dishes and fresh seafood.

Recommended Sites

  • Hwaeomsa Temple
    Address :
    12-beonji, Hwangjeon-ri, Masan-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Hwaeomsa is located in the southwest area of Mt.Jirisan, and is one of the 10 most famous temples on Mt.Jirisan. It is the most famous and representative temple in Jirisan. Monk Yeongi found it SYYAD of the Silla period. It burned to the ground during Jeongyujaeran (Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592), and the buildings you see now, such as Daeungjeon and Gakhwangjeon Pavilions were all rebuilt during the Joseon Period. The path to Hwaeomsa Valley lies along a valley. The valley is called Hwaeomsa Valley. The path eventually leads to Mt. Jirisan Nogodan, and people use it as a trail walk. As you walk along the valley, to the right across the valley is a resting place called “Poetry Hill”, or Siuidongsan. This thatched house with a watermill looks very pretty. Beyond this place comes Hwaeomsa Temple's main gate. When you enter, you can see a long stonewall to the side of the main gate, and past the main gate is another gate called Geumganggate. Beyond this door, there are stairs going up to Bojeru. At the top of the stairs, the front yard of Dae-ungjeon the main building, appears, and to each side of the stairs of the building are the Seo-ocheun (west 5-story) stone tower and the Dong-ocheung (east 5-story stone pagoda). To the left of the main building is Gakhwangjeon Pavilion. The stone light in front of Gakhwangjeon Pavilion is acknowledged as the largest stone light in the country. It is an artifact from the Tongil Silla Period. Hwaeomsa Temple has many national treasures. Sasaja 3-story stone Pagod is the temple’s representative stone artifact. To the left of Gakhwangjeon Pavilion are stairs that leads to a small hill, called “Hyodae”, and that is where the Sasaja 3-story stone Pagoda stands. The main building itself is a majestic and stately building, as well as Bojeru. The temple has maintained its original structure much better than many of the other large temples, and it blends well with the surrounding mountain scenery.
    Directions :
    From Gurye Bus Terminal or Gurye Train Station, take a bus headed to Hwaeomsa Temple.
    (Travel time, 10-20min.)

    Information :
    - Admission Fee Individual: (Age 20 and over) - 3000 won, (Age 14∼19) - 1800 won, (Age 13 and under) - 1300 won Group: (Age 20 and over) - 2800 won, (Age 14-19) - 1500 won, (Age 13 and under) - 950 won -Parking Fee: Free (Parking at the market, fee - 6,000 won per car). -Inquiries : Hwaeomsa Temple, Tel : (061)782-7600 (Kor)


  • Unjusa Temple
    Address :
    Yonggang-ri/Daecho-ri, Doam-myeon, Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Unjusa Temple is unlike other temples in that it has unusual Buddha statues and pagodas - it is often referred to as a mysterious temple. The founder of Unjusa Temple is not known but it is speculated that it was built during the Silla Period(BC 57-935). Unjusa does not have a Geumgangmun or Cheonwangmun, which are very often seen in Buddhist temples. The first thing you see when you enter Unjusa is the 9-story stone pagoda (National Treasure no. 796). The tower, again, does not have intricate designs, and is very simple. If you walk a bit from the 9-story pagoda, you come across a forked road. Go left, and you will see Chilseong Rock. Because it resembles the 7 stars of the Big Dipper, some people argue that the rock is imitating the constellation. Follow the same road further and you will see two Buddha statueS, called Wabul, where Buddha is reposed on the side, lying down. These statues are, among the ones in Unjusa Temple, the most intricate in design and execution. Go up a bit further, and you will see the Siwibul Statue standing. Pass Siwibul Statue through the thick groves, you will come to 7-story stone pagodas and 5-story stone pagodas. What makes the stone pagodas of Unjusa Temple interesting to examine is that they each have some unique designs.
    Directions :
    Bus --> At Gwangju Bus Terminal --> From outside Gwangcheon Terminal, take Bus No. 318, or No. 218 headed to Unju.
    Train --> At Gwangju Station --> From outside Gwangcheon Terminal, take Bus No. 318, or No. 218 headed to Unju.
    If coming from Gwangju, get off at Hwasun Station --> From outside Gwangcheon Terminal, take bus No. 318, or No. 218 headed to Unju.

    Information :
    Hours: 07:30-17:30
    - Admission Fee :
      (age 20 and older) : 1,300 won ,
      (age 14-19 )-1,000 won ,
      (age 13 and under) : 700 won
      (age 20 and older)-1,300 won ,
      (age 14-19 )-700 won ,
      (age 13 and under)-400 won
      (group : 30 or more people)
    Parking Fee: free-space for about 30 buses, 100 cars
    Inquiries : Unjusa Temple, Tel : (061)374-0548 (Kor)
    Homepage (Kor)


  • Hongdo Island
    Address :
    Hongdo-ri, Heuksan-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Hongdo Island is located 115 km from southwest of Mokpo Harbor. It is composed of about 20 islands, and because it has an usual reddish-brown color about it, it is called Hong(Red)do. When the sun is setting over the island, the whole area takes on a red hue. The seashore is filled with sea cliffs with diverse shapes of rocks. With the blue sea and green forest, it remains the most spectacular sight in the South Sea. Hongdo Island has 33 officially designated beautiful sceneries, but the most famous of them all is the Hongdosipkyeong. Along with Nammun Rock and Seokhwagul Cave, Hongdosipkyeong shows off the beauty of Hongdo Island, and if you take a ferry to the island, you can see almost all of Hongdosipkyeong. It takes about 2 hours to go around the island, and you can see all the mysterious natural sights as well as the beautiful sceneries within that time. On the island, there are about 270 kinds of evergreens and 170 kinds of animals. Because the government wanted to preserve the natural state of the island, it was designated a Natural Protected Area in 1965, and since 1981, became part of Dadohae Marine National Park. It has forests of pine trees and chestnut trees, and it is also the native home of the very rare daeyeoppung reed. Because the entire Hongdo Island has been declared a Natural Monument, people are not allowed to enter areas other than the villages and designated tourist areas. Because of this, you cannot bring out even one stone or a pocket of grass from the island, and in case of such an event, you will be fined.
    Directions :
    From Mokpo Train Station --> go to Mokpo Ferry Terminal (Tel : 061-240-6060) --> Take the Express Ferry --> Hongdo Island
    From Mokpo Airport --> go to Mokpo Ferry Terminal (Tel : 061-240-6060) --> Take the Express Ferry --> Hongdo Island

    Information :
    Admission Fee : Entrance to Park Individual: (age 20 and older)-2,300 won / (age 14-19)-1,100 won / (age 13 and under)-500 won Groups: (age 20 and older)-1,900 won / (age 14-19)-900 won / (age 13 and under)-450 won (group-30 or more people) Inquiries: Sinan-gun Hongdo Administration Office, Tel : (061)246-3700 (Kor) Dadohae Marine National Park Hongdo Office, Tel : (061)246-­2271 (Kor) Homepage: (Kor)

  • Dadohae Maritime National Park
    Address :
    Wando-eup, wando-gun, Cheonranam-do, Goheung-gun, Jindo-gun, Sinan-gun, Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Dadohae Maritime National Park covers the areas Sinan-gun, Jindo-gun, Goheung-gun of Yeosu-si and Wando-gun in Jeollanam-do. It became the 14th National Park on Dec. 23rd 1981, and with an area of 2,344.91 square km, it is the largest national park in Korea. From the seashore of Yeosu to Heuksando and Hondo Island out west, the Park covers many small and large islands and various shapes of rocks. In the park, the blue sky and the ocean blend well with white sandy beaches, and thick pine forests add to the lovely atmosphere. Hongdo Island there is one island in the park that everyone should to visit at least once. There is Heuksando Island, famous for its camellias and pung reeds, and Geomundo Island with many fascinating shaped rocks. Also Wando, Bogildo, Bigeumdo, Baekdo, and others are part of a total of 1,596 islands in the Maritime National Park, each island with its own sense of harmony and beauty.
    Directions :
    From Mokpo, Yeosu or Goheung Bus Terminal, Take a bus headed Mokpo Ferry Terminal. Get off at Mokpo Ferry Terminal.
    From Mokpo Ferry Terminal, Take a ferry for each island

    Information :
    - Homepage : (Kor/Eng)
    - Inquiries : Dadohae Maritime Administration
      Office Tel : 061) 554-5474, 552-3386 (Kor)

    Admission Fee


    Travel hour


    Interval time


    Wando-Sinjido (Myeongsasipri)


    06:00 - 21:30(High season: Frequent)

    30 times

    400 won

    Wanddo-Bogildo (IWhaheung)


    05:30 - 18:40(7.19-8.20)

    17 times

    7,300 won



    06:30 - 18:00

    6 times

    2,800 won


  • The “Moses’ Miracle” of Jindo
    Address :
    Jodo-myeon, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Description :
    Jindo Island is the third largest island in Korea, next to Jejudo and Geojedo Island. It is made up of 250 smaller islands, and it is famous for the appearance of a dry road in the middle of the sea around the end of February and middle of June, of the lunar calendar. Because it resembles what happened in the Old Testament in the Book of Exodus, the event is called “Moses’ Miracle”. When the water recedes, a road about 30-40 meter wide and 2.8 km long appears, which stays for about an hour before being submerged again. Jindo Island has some legends which are still popular today, especially that of “Old Woman Bbyong of Hoedongri”. A long time ago, there were many tigers on Jindo island. When tigers began appearing frequently in the village, the people fled to Modo Island. In the process, only the old woman Bbyong ended up remaining on the island, so the lady prayed everyday to Yongwang, the god of the ocean, to let her see her family again. Around February, Yongwang appeared to her in her dream and said, “I will send a rainbow to the sea tomorrow; ride it and cross the ocean”. The next day old woman Bbyong went out to the sea and prayed again, and the sea water parted and round rainbow road appeared. Through this road, her family and the other villagers came back to the island. Because of this legend, when the sea parts, the people celebrate by holding the Yeongdeung festival and remember the Old Woman Bbyong. During the Festival, original folk plays of Jindo Island is performed and draw many tourists to Jindo Island.
    Directions :
    From Jindo-eup Bus Terminal, take bus going to Jindo Island or Hoedong-ri.
    Information :
    - Admission Fee: Free
    - Parking Fee: Free
    - Inquiries: Jindo City Hall Culture & Tourism Department, Tel : 061-540-3136 (Kor)
    - Homepage: (Kor)


  • Songgwangsa Temple
    Address :
    12, Sinpyeong-ri, Songwang-myeon, Suncheon, Jeonranam-do
    Description :
    Songgwangsa temple is located on the west side of Mt.Jogyesan, and it is famous for being a Sambosachal of Korea. Sambo means three precious treasures in Buddhism, the Bulbo, Beopbo, and Seungbo. Songgwangsa Temple qualifies as a Seungbo temple, and Seungbo refers to those disciples who learn many things of Buddha and practices them. The reason Songgwangsa temple became a Seungbo temple is because many high monks were produced from this temple. The road to the temple is covered by huge trees growing straight up, and is very beautiful. From the road, if you cross a valley, a round pavilion bridge called Cheongryanggak appears. On the bridge is a pavilion, and you can rest there while you are traveling. Inside the temple, you can see the Daeungbojeon, the main building. This building has a roof shaped as if it were composed of two roofs. To one side of the main building is the Jijangjeon, where they have a Buddha statue, and the Seungbojeon, which tells the world that the temple is a Seungbo temple. Songgwangsa Temple has three great treasutres, the “Bisari Gusi”, “Ssanghyangsu”, and “Neunggyeonnansa”. Bisari Gusi is a rice container that was made from a large tree. It was used to store the rice for monks, and because it was so large, it contained rice enough rice for 4,000 monks. Ssanghyangsu is two very large Chinese Juniper trees. They are located at Cheonjaam, an extra Buddhist cell, and they are uniquely twisted. Lastly, Neunggyeonnansa is a plate belonging to Songgwangsa Temple, and it was built with very many intricate designs. Because Songgwangsa Temple has many national treasures, you would do well to slow down here and look at beautiful artifacts.
    Directions :
    1. From Gwangju Bus Terminal, take a direct bus for Songgwangsa Temple (Travel time: one and half hours)
    2. From Suncheon Intercity Bus Terminal, take coach(Jwaseok)Bus NO.111 for Songgwangsa Temple (Travel time: one and half hours)

    Information :
    - Location : 12Sinpyeong-ri, Songwang-myeon, Suncheon, Jeollanam-do
    - Inquiries : Songgwangsa Temple Tel: 061-755-0107 (Kor)
    - Homepage : (Kor)
    - Hours:
      Summer season (Mar.-Oct.) 07:00-18:00/
      Winter season (Nov.-Feb.) 08:00-17:30
    - Holidays: None

    Admission fee:


    Age 20 and over

    Age 8-19

    Age7 and under


    2,300 won

    1,500 won



    2,300 won

    1,300 won


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